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Simitri HD - Konica Minolta’s own toner development

Today, 99.6% of Konica Minolta’s colour toners and 96.5% of its monochrome toners are polymerised – the highest rates in the industry. Simitri HD polymerised toner has considerably less impact on the environment during its production, use and recycling. Its biomass content is actually CO2 neutral during recycling.

Simitri HD – green toner production

Konica Minolta’s constant efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of its cutting-edge technologies while improving their efficiency are obvious in various earth-friendly innovations

Considerably reducing environmental impact, toner production by polymerisation generates e.g. 33% less CO2 than conventional toner manufacture.

Simitri HD – green toner usage

Because polymerised toner grains are so fine, a smaller amount of toner is needed than with pulverised toner, thus using fewer natural resources. Additionally, Simitri HD polymerised toner requires a lower fusing temperature. Both aspects contribute greatly to reducing the amount of energy used and the related CO2 emission.

Simitri HD – green toner recycling

An important ingredient in Simitri HD toner is biomass, which is CO2-neutral during recycling and further reduces the carbon footprint of Simitri HD and the Konica Minolta office devices. Ever since the first production of Simitri toner in 2000, Konica Minolta polymerised toners contain almost 10% biomass, i.e. plant-based material. From a carbon neutral viewpoint, emissions during toner disposal are significantly lower thanks to its plant-based contents. Carbon neutrality refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon emitted with an equivalent amount absorbed. As biomass contents of polymerised toner absorb CO2 before becoming raw materials, the amount of CO2 emitted is equal to the amount bound